Spurs' Gregg Popovich becomes NBA regular-season wins leader
Jazz Spurs Basketball San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) drives to the basket against Utah Jazz center Hassan Whiteside, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 11, 2022, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — (AP) — Gregg Popovich is the winningest coach in NBA regular-season history, getting his 1,336th victory when the San Antonio Spurs rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 104-102 on Friday night. Popovich's first stint in San Antonio ended in 1992, working for Larry Brown — until the whole coaching staff got fired. Popovich has won five NBA championships, 13 division titles and was recently named one of the 15 greatest coaches in league history. The Spurs have fully embraced a rebuild expedited by Kawhi Leonard’s forced departure from San Antonio along with the retirement of the Big Three.wftv.com
Pop's way: From a sabbatical to the NBA coaching summit
And by adding in his 170 playoff victories, his total is at 1,505 in the NBA, which is 93 more than anyone else. “Everyone knows the amazing job he’s done and all the accomplishments,” longtime coach Larry Brown said last year. Popovich’s path to the NBA, and then to the role as coach of the Spurs, wasn't exactly traditional. Popovich acknowledged that he has wondered what would have happened if Smith and Brown hadn’t extended those opportunities his way. Spoelstra and Popovich are forever linked, after going head-to-head as coaches in the NBA Finals in 2013 and 2014.wftv.com
GM Donnie Nelson, who brought Nowitzki, Doncic, leaving Mavs
Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, instrumental in the club's acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, is leaving the organization after 24 seasons. A few months later, the Mavericks moved up in the draft to get Nowitzki in a trade with Milwaukee. With the Nowitzki era drawing to a close, the Mavericks made another draft-day deal for a young European in Doncic in 2018. Dallas moved up two spots to the No. Nowitzki and the teenager from Slovenia played together one season before Nowitzki retired.wftv.com
Former NBA coach Don Nelson is now a marijuana farmer
David McNew/Getty Images(CNN) - Back in February, ahead of a Golden State Warriors game at Oracle Arena, Don Nelson was asked what he's been up to since he retired from coaching. "I've been smoking some pot," Nelson said. In an interview with HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," Nelson revealed that he grows marijuana on his farm in Maui. Nelson retired from coaching as the NBA's winningest coach. And he just might be the first retired NBA coach to grow his own marijuana.